(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – The Carnegie Mellon University women's track and field team competed at the Ohio State University Tune-Up on Friday, February 17 against schools from Division I, II and III. During the meet, senior Grace Yee (San Francisco, Calif./Lick-Wilmerding) reset her own school record in the pole vault.
Yee continued her final season with yet another school record vault when she cleared 3.71 meters on her second attempt. She placed fourth in the event and topped her previous school record of 3.56 meters set two weeks ago.
Sophomore Debarati Bhanja (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) picked up a career-best mark in the long jump when she leapt 4.76 meters to place fourth and later recorded a season-best time in the 200-meter dash in 27.49 while senior Jerilyn James (Friendswood, Texas/Clear Brook) was just ahead of her in her own season-best time of 27.41.
Senior Rebecca Fortner (Navarre, Ohio/Fairless) also had a fourth-place finish for the Tartans as she cleared 1.53 meters in the high jump. Teammate Tessa Allen (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Bishop Montgomery) also cleared 1.53 meters but finished eighth by judge's decision while senior Emily Swanson (Atkinson, N.H./Timberlane Regional) had a season-best jump of 1.48 meters to place ninth.
In the weight throw, junior Kiersten Chuc (Cupertino, Calif./Monta Vista) earned a season-best toss of 13.35 meters and placed 12th.
Junior Sarah Cook (Pittsburgh, Pa./Hampton) had the best finish for the Tartans on the track when she won her heat and finished third overall in the 400-meter dash in a time of 59.10 seconds. Sophomore Rose Ciriello (Madison, N.J./Madison) ran to an eighth-place finish in the 800-meter run when she crossed the finish line in 2:22.72.
In the mile run, freshman Kate Reilly (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) placed 11th after completing the race in 5:24.90 while junior Aparna Alavilli (Hanover , N.H./Hanover) was 15th overall in the 3,000-meter run in career-best time of 10:41.39.
The Tartans will next travel to Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, for the University Athletic Association Championships on Saturday, February 25-Sunday, February 26.